200 HOUR ARUNA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Aruna yoga is a yoga practice which encompasses all forms of yoga, including hatha, vinyasa and Kundalini inspired practices and technologies. It is a practice based on being present on all levels: to what is here and to be still with what arises. No matter what that is. It teaches to welcome the present moment and suspend judgment. It offers a way of stilling the fluctuation of the mind through becoming a witness or observer.
It is born of the transmutational potency of the sacred Mountain Arunachala in Tiruvanamallai in India. Aruna Yoga is premised on the teachings of self enquiry born of Arunachala itself, and espoused by Ramana Maharshi. Its premise is Advaita Vedanta, or the philosophy of there being only one reality, this that may be called Truth, God, Divinity, Creation, OM, nature. All the rest is illusion or separation from this one. Our aim is to realign with this One which is our real identity as Truth or Sat Nam (Sat = Truth, Nam = Identity).
There is no need to be flexible or even physically able to practice to do Aruna Yoga. Its aim is to open up to emotional blocks that are released using the technology of the various lineages of yoga, pranayama and meditation. Of course if practiced vigilantly it has a strong physical asana (posture) practice with a palpable flavour of Kundalini Yoga. Yet it is a bodiless yoga too and even just being present in sessions, without participating in the physical activity will open you up to its healing capacity.
Aruna Yoga is a healing practice which aim is to awaken the practitioner to their true nature, to the freedom, peace and truth that is within us all! From this space of the Infinite Self, all healing, transformation and awakening is available. The practice cultivates this inner connection. Music, sound, emotional catharsis are part of its characteristics. We use yoga asana (posture), pranayama (breathing exercises), concentration and meditation to still the mind. We interweave the singular enquiry of ‘Who am I?’ to dissolve identification and separation from our true nature as freedom. In answering the question of self enquiry we self realize the state of sat nam.
Aruna Yoga is a hybrid of diverse yogic lineage, echoing a language of Truth, one that speaks through the instrument of the form, into the pervasiveness of the formless. This training is intended to help develop your personal practice of yoga and leads to self awareness and personal transformation. It is also an accredited Yoga Alliance Teacher Training for those who wish to become yoga teachers, to share the technologies of yoga and meditation and is intended as a tool for healing. It may be incorporated into your existing healing therapies or simply used for personal transformation and awakening.
Join me on this divine experiment through yoga into Yoga (which means union). May Aruna Yoga yoke together the shards of separation into an envelopment into this that is One. One consciousness, One Union, the ‘I am’ that speaks soundlessly and remains untouched. The invitation is to really meet the Self, and to abide here as it. From this space, the miraculous is accessible, peace is here, now.
About the training
Although it is a Yoga Teacher Training, it goes way beyond that and is designed to cultivate deep, personal emotional and spiritual work. It is more of a life training than a yoga training although its language of expression is indeed yoga! It really is about self enquiry and using the tools of yoga to really be applied as a living, working, breathing embodied experience of the Self. The vision of Aruna is far reaching. It is an offering of natural, accessible healing and medicine of the body, mind and soul to all. This work is envisioned to spread throughout the world and in all walks of life, at home, in hospitals, in schools, politics and the corporate realm. Wherever needed, these tools are here to be made accessible for all without exception! Already Aruna is planned to be offered in various seva (selfless service) projects starting in Israel and South Africa. We invite you to join Nicki in spreading these teachings and learning how to use, adopt and share them is the greatest way to do so. We put on our oxygen masks first and then we can serve all around us!
What to expect
During the programme, we will go through a profound, personal process that will guide you deeper into the Self, with an aim to free you from your limiting ideas, liberate blocked emotions and release any aspect that is somehow keeping you small. We will learn about yoga, experience the Self through the medium of yoga, philosophy, yoga psychology, postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), yogic seals (mudra), energy locks (Bandha), healing techniques and various meditations. The training will equip you with the yogic knowledge to teach yoga, or give Aruna Yoga healings, and mainly apply the teachings to your life so you can live from a more conscious place, where freedom and joy becomes your daily reality.
This Teacher Training consists of 20 days of attendance, spread over one year. We will meet five times over the course of the programme, for four-day weekends (Thursdays until and including Sundays). You need to be present all of these days to receive a certificate.
The following topics will be covered over the duration of the course:
- What is Yoga? Insights into the philosophy of yoga
- What is Aruna Yoga and the Aruna Yoga Sutras
- The energetics of Yoga and Yoga psychology, chakras, physical and energetical anatomy
- Movement, posture and sacred geometry of the body
- Vayus, Pranayama and the breath into stillness
- Healing modalities within Aruna Yoga
- Developing a personal sadhana
- Teaching methodology and teaching a class and/or working with private clients
- Theoretical test
During the training you are expected to journal and to cultivate your intention. As a large part of the training is about cultivating a personal practice, you will choose and commit to a meditation practice. You’ll receive details about the journalling and meditation during the first weekend.
The last weekend is only open for people that have attended the full training. It's possible to attend other weekends/days without going for a certificate.
A vegan soup will be provided during lunch. This is included in the price, as well as complementary tea and water on training days.
This training is taught in English.